RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Engineered Bonded Structures Switches to Chemique's Solfre1

Mon Apr 10, 2017

149184110713960.jpgKENNESAW, Georgia - Engineered Bonded Structures & Composites has switched to Chemique Adhesives’ Solfre1 to manufacture custom motorhomes for federal agencies and humanitarian organizations, improving quality and production time.

Solfre1 is a one-component polyurethane adhesive suitable for a range of applications. This adhesive is available in a variety of standard formulas and open times to suit many different production requirements. Solfre1 has the following benefits, including moisture cure, variety of working times, cold-press adhesive and no special storage requirements.

Engineered Bonded Structures & Composites manufactures prefabricated laminated panels for highly specialized and regulated motorhomes for the federal government, humanitarian organizations and healthcare applications.

“The reason we switched to Chemique Adhesives is we were looking for the best product for what we do,” Ben Pearson says, whose company has been manufacturing motorhomes for 23 years. “These motorhomes contain many specialty applications and undergo thorough testing and regulation so quality over speed matters.”

The company had been using another product, but that manufacturer was purchased by a larger firm and was no longer able to meet its needs. Chemique is a privately held company, with an emphasis on customized solutions for a variety of industries, including commercial manufacturing, transportation and portable structures.

Pearson says while the industry trend is to use fast adhesives such as reactive hot melts, he’s found that they lack the temperature range his products require.

“We have to have a sizable open time to get everything into the presses, as we’re building parts up to 53 feet long,” Pearson says. “We also wanted a faster close time and the previous product took four hours. With Chemique, we’re back to two hours, which enables us to keep up with our high volume of business.”

Engineered Bonded Structures & Composites is based in Elkhart, Indiana, home to two counties where 80 percent of the industry’s motorhomes are made, Pearson says. The area has produced more than 400,000 motorhomes and trailers.